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Apr 9, 2017 10:35 AM CST
We have an orange tree in our courtyard in France. The pot gets watered every day and the excess water comes out of the bottom and goes to a drain. The problem is that it carries soil with it and discolours the courtyard tiles. Has anyone got a bright idea for trapping the soil somehow. I can't re-pot the tree it's too heavy
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Apr 9, 2017 12:08 PM CST


That would have been my suggestion. Repot and perhaps add some screening, like what is used for a screen door, and place it over the bottom drainage holes. It allows the water to seep through but helps hold in the soil.
Another suggestion, put the post on a wheeled pot holder and roll it elsewhere for watering.
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Apr 9, 2017 1:24 PM CST
If you could get help handling it, you could also re-pot it using a coffee filter inside over the drain holes .
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Apr 9, 2017 1:36 PM CST
I use good quality landscape fabric inside pots to keep the soil inside, but that would require re-potting.
If your soil is washing away with the frequent waterings (do you really water every day??? Blinking ) you would have to be adding soil anyway. Go ahead and re-pot, adding something to retain the soil.

If that's not an option, just move the plant to the lowest point where it will cause less staining. Thumbs up
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Apr 9, 2017 3:13 PM CST
Could you just use the landscape fabric underneath the pot, if you did not want to repot at this time.
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Apr 9, 2017 6:07 PM CST
Put a saucer under the pot to catch the water.
Name: Philip Becker
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Apr 10, 2017 9:35 AM CST
Layers of newspaper will stop soil loss and soak up water. But could cause root rot being wet all the time.
A tray will catch water, but dont leave water in tray, it will cause root rot.
Figure out how much water it takes for water to come out bottom. Give it, a measured amount of water, see how much water comes out bottom. Then go from there.
You get the ideal ?
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